Bungalow Style Bar Cabinet #1: Initial design.

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 09-22-2007 06:52 PM 1412 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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New old space
The screen porch was occupied previously by disgusting laundry equipment

We cleaned out the space:

Now the whole space is stripped, stained, and lacquered. I put a new HVAC vent in the floor. This it will fit into the baseboard but it does constrain the project somewhat.

I have already purchased a nickel sink, water filter system, and faucet. Just need to build the cabinet.

I set out some old doors and extra panels to feel the dimensions.

Initial Design

Here is a drawing of my design for the space.

I already have decided to do a continuous baseboard and upper frame with the stile running into them instead of how drawn.

I am thinking of doing a wood countertop with a heavy varnish finish. Fir?

Any feedback appreciated.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 09-22-2007 08:23 PM

John. I big improvement in the works, rehabbing older residences give lots of experience at modifications.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-23-2007 12:09 AM

Nice concept, keep it coming, John.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#3 posted 09-23-2007 01:24 AM

I like you’re design for the cabinets John. The space already shows dramatic improvement. I love the character of older buildings. You just can’t buy the look of 60+ year old floor with a nice finish on it.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#4 posted 09-23-2007 04:30 AM


The floors did come out great. The only way to come close is to recycle old wood, which is what I have done with my cabinet projects. It still does not match something with 100 years of wear.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 09-23-2007 06:39 AM

I love watching your progress John. It feels like I’m looking into my future. Great work…I can only imagine how much value you’ve added to your house, and how much pleasure it brings.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 09-23-2007 06:53 PM

Thanks Bob,

Value is a relative thing. To each their own is probably what applies as many people are looking for granite counter tops and “mission” oak cabinets. We are more towards the obsessive in keeping it towards 1910.

Most people blow out the kitchen walls to expand into their screen porches. We are trying to keep it original though.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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